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Handling The Holidays



How to handle the holidays in the midst of being a job seeker.

How to handle the holidays in the midst of being a job seeker.



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  • 1. Surviving the Holidays?
    Tips for conquering (rather than muddling through) holidays, parties, and family get-togethers
  • 2. Let’s Put it into Perspective
    Is this how you are feeling about the holidays right now?
    12 Pains of Christmas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsvY8PbhZi0
    What kind of things are you thinking about already?
    What kinds of feelings are you having?
  • 3. Get Your Mind Right
    Attitude of Gratitude
    Remember what is truly important
    What are your values?
    Focus on the positive
    Learn to control your thoughts
  • 4. But…
    Don’t sweat the small stuff
    Let go of things that are out of your control
    Ask yourself, “Will this matter in 5 years?”
    Learn to say, “NO.”
    Get comfortable with it.
    It’s ok!
    Try it with me….
  • 5. But, but…
    Get organized and plan ahead
    Write it down!
    Make a plan of attack
    Try something new
    Recipe, hair style
    Change your routine
    Take mind off self
  • 6. Put First Things First
    Take care of yourself
    Eat right
    Hang out with a friend
    Rent a movie, watch the game
    Take a warm bath, light the candles
    Pray/meditate, quiet yourself
    Live for today/enjoy every moment
    You can’t get it back
  • 7. Answering the Tough Questions
    So, find a job yet?
    People are not trying to be rude.
    No one is trying to upset you.
    People care. That is why they are asking.
    Prepare ahead of time what you might say.
    Keep it focused and positive.
    Don’t let your mind wander off after.
    “I’m currently seeking opportunities as…”
    “I’m involved in a number of things that…”
  • 8. Answering the Tough Questions
    Will you participate in the gift exchange?
    Don’t feel like you have to say yes.
    You don’t have to buy for everyone!
    Keep it simple. Say yes to some, not all.
    Consider making things to give away.
    • Candle
    • 9. Keepsake
    • 10. Something from the shop
    • 11. Get creative!
    • 12. Cookies
    • 13. Warm bread
    • 14. Soup, chili
    • 15. Ornament
  • Answering the Tough Questions
    Can you bring a dish to pass?
    Bring something simple.
    Clarify ahead of time what is needed and pick something you are comfy with.
    Don’t feel like you have to be a host. Let others take a turn.
    Suggest potluck style wherever you are going.
  • 16. Answering the Tough Questions
    Can you volunteer?
    Double-edged sword
    Take your mind off of yourself, but don’t overdo!
    Pick the right opportunities.
    Don’t say yes to everyone. It’s ok to say, NO
    Meal program
  • 17. Answering the Tough Questions
    Honey, will you come to the party with me?
    Whether you have the nice dress or suit or whatever “getup” you need, remember what is truly important. It’s not about the show, the food, the gifts, the drinks, or anything external. It’s about relationships and spending time with someone you love or care about.
  • 18. Answering the Tough Questions
    Consider going to support your loved one and focus on the positive.
    When asked, “What do you do?” use your 30/60 second commercial and have a ball! You could get a job out of this!
    If you go, make sure you mingle and have a good attitude.
    Prepare your mind ahead of time. Be grateful for who you are, who your partner is, and what you have together.
  • 19. Making Your Money Stretch
    What are YOUR ideas?
    Homemade holiday gifts http://www.stretcher.com/stories/09/09oct19d.cfm
    Say no to excess parties you really don’t need to be at, baking dozens of cookies for the cookie exchange or bake sale, or getting pulled into anything you really don’t NEED to do
    Plan ahead for meals http://www.stretcher.com/stories/08/08oct20d.cfm
  • 20. In Conclusion…
    Fall back on your core values
    Control your thoughts and you will control your feelings
    Plan ahead
    Trust your gut
    Say, “No” more
    Having a good holiday or a bad holiday is a choice
  • 21. Thank You…
    Now go and conquer those holiday issues?
    Make it a year to remember!